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    by Amy Chappelle



I didn’t  know what to name this post.

My heart is full tonight and heavy at the same time. I am thankful.

Tonight, my cousin, Renee, hosted a prayer meeting for the family to pray over my cousin Clint. He is 25 and has been diagnosed with Leukemia. Clint is about to start a tough process to get his body ready for a transplant.

It was hard to go to this meeting, to be honest. I have the hardest time leaving my parent’s place (oh yeah – we are visiting my family in Alabama) when we are here. A storm was coming which was another excuse not to go. I wanted to see everyone and pray for Clint, but I treasure every moment at my parent’s place when we are here and just have a hard time running around.

Anyway, we went. Sarah wanted to go. She is so good for me.  Mom, Sarah, and I loaded up to go. I was so happy we went the moment we drove up. I saw Clint’s grandparents from the the other side, Mr. and Mrs. Cleckler. I have memories of staying at their house when I was younger. A moment later, Aunt Bet, Uncle Jerry and Aunt Janice, Uncle Lawrence and Aunt Peggy, and Uncle Olin walked in. Uncle Jerry said, ” How come Amy never ages (totally playing me)”. I replied, “You are my favorite uncle”. I love these people so much. Unfortunately, I am not around them too much and I forget how much I miss them until I lay eyes on them.

Once we got settled, we  started. I sat around this circle and listened to such heartfelt prayers for one of our own.  Sarah went around the room handing tissues to those that needed it. We heard Mr. Cleckler, pray such a hard and sincere prayer that I will always remember.  At the end, we stood hand and hand. I was in between Uncle Olin and Uncle Jerry as Uncle Lawrence lead us in prayer.  Then, Sarah closed us.

We heard her heart. She was broken for her cousin. She told God that she wished she could take Clint’s place. She pleaded with God to heal him and make him better. She told God that she loved Him so much.

Tonight my heart is full. I am thankful that we have a family that prays. I am thankful for the example set before me. I am thankful for unconditional love. I am thankful for Hope.

Clint, you are so loved.

May God bless you and keep you. May his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; May he turn His face upon you and give you Peace. (Numbers 6:24-26)

For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear, I will help you. (Isaiah 41:13)


Ginger - July 11, 2012 - 6:04 pm

Our sweet girl who has a DIRECT line to the Father! Love her so and praying for your cousin Clint.

sherry - July 12, 2012 - 7:52 pm

Praying in Jesus’ name that Clint is healed. Believing with you.

Debbie Jones - July 14, 2012 - 4:26 pm

What a blessing to be a part of a praying family! What an example my brothers & sisters have set for us. I am so thankful for them! We left we much hope as each expressed their hearts before our Great Physician! And I cannot tell you how my heart was so full as I listened to my precious granddaughter pray for her cousin and told her God that she wished she could take his place! We will continue to pray for God to heal him completely!

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State Tournament

We were invited to play in The State Tournament in Katy. There were 27 teams in the tournament. The boys won one and lost one on Friday. Then, we won 2 on Saturday. Sunday we won 2 and then ended up in The Championship. In the semi-final, we were serious underdogs. We were elated to win that one. 30 min later, The Championship began. What a weekend. We had not expected to be in the championship… I should say I did not expect. Caleb wanted this one. He had his eye on the Championship even before we started. What a great weekend!

Congratulation Wolverines on 2nd Place in State Tournament! We are so proud of you!

This is the write up the Bryan sent my parents and brother:

Caleb pitched and got the win in the round robin portion, went three innings and game up two runs (neither earned).  We played five games in the single elimination part of the tourney. Caleb split time between catcher and first base for the remainder of the tournament, other than starting the semifinal game as pitcher.

First game he played he went 1 for 2 with an RBI single (hard grounder through the middle), a walk, and scored once.  Team won 8-3, had the lead the entire game, although it was close until Caleb got that RBI single.

Second game Caleb went 1 for 3 with a single and a strikeout, scored twice (once as a courtesy runner for the catcher).  This one wasn’t really that close, as we had an 11-1 lead going into the bottom of the fifth, and put in a pitcher that had basically no experience in order to save our experienced pitcher for the rest of the tournament.  We won 11-6 when the dust settled.

Third game I missed the first inning, where we had the lead 4-3.  This team looked like the best one in the tournament by record, as they normally gave up about 2 runs a game.  Caleb got two singles in this one, an RBI and a run along with a walk.  We jumped on them early, and once we had a big lead they brought out their ace, but it was too late.  We really were fortunate defensively in this one.  We got a line out double play in the first to kill their rally, along with another one with two on where the third baseman got the grounder, touched third and threw it to Caleb at first.  He made a spectacular play to jump and get a bad throw, then landed with one foot barely touching the bag to finish the ending.  It was a crucial play because we got through the heart of their order with no runs.  We won this one 8-4.  We burned our best pitchers in this one, and probably erred in keeping our ace in the last inning and wasting three of his outs.

Fourth game was the semi’s.  Caleb got the start against probably one of the best hitting teams in the tournament; a team we began the season by losing to 10-9 in a tournament final. He did his job by throwing strikes, but this team hit and hit hard.  He gave up 3 runs in the first and a couple more in the second, and we pulled him in the middle of the second.  He was a workhorse in this one, because right after he was done pitching he put the catcher’s gear on and caught our traditionally wildest pitcher.  The pitcher thankfully did pretty well though, and we held them to three more runs the rest of the game thanks to some good defense and bringing out our ace to close out the game.  Offensively Caleb went 0-2 but on one of those drove in a critical run by putting the ball in play to the 2nd baseman.  We were down one in the bottom of the sixth, with our last two batters coming up.  Their combined average was about 0.200, so everyone was pretty nervous.  The two kids came through, each hitting long singles.  Our leadoff hitter then drove them both in with a double and that was the game.  It was a thriller.

Last game we lost, Caleb again went 0-2 in this one, really getting in trouble by getting behind in the count.  He played two innings at first and two behind the plate, almost throwing someone out at third.  We lost 6-4 in six innings after our no. 3 hitter (the tying run) lined into a double play.  Was a good hit, unfortunate way to end the tournament.  It was a lot of fun though and the kids were thrilled with their accomplishments.

It was special to see Caleb catch for his buddies. My brother said that was some of his best memories.

Break in between games. Lots of Icees handed out to try to cool down.

These were taken during the Championship. It was 100+ degrees. The dugout mom, Ava, kept icing rags to put on the boys and handing out waters. I know that is what kept the boys going.

Our favorite picture of Caleb. 

Caleb and Jackson:

We love all our Wolverine Families! 

Great way to end a special season!



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Memorial Day Tournament

We played a baseball tournament last weekend. It was AWESOME! Great teams were involved. It was close to home. Our boys played so good. We ended up in the Championship game. We lost. BUT, we still got a trophy! These boys are doing great. So proud of them!

The Must Have Silly Picture:

I am noticing a trend in these pictures. I think Prezley will always hit the ground. Coach John seems to always have his mouth open and Coach Kevin seems to always strike the best pose. Caleb never gets too silly, but I really would not expect him too. I love the smiles.

Love this picture of Caleb:

Immediately after the game, the two teams met in the middle of the field to pray. Great way to end a tournament:

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Kindergarden Graduation

It is hard to believe that my baby has graduated Kindergarden. She has been roaming this school since she was 18 months old. Little one made her presence known long before she was ever registered for school. I have chased her around chapels and down halls. I am thankful that they love her here for who she is.  All of her, every bit of energy is accepted and loved from everyone.


Her Best Buddy, Avery:

Waiting to get their diplomas and certificates:

Performing for us — Precious!

Sarah recieved the Award for Concern:

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ”

Galatians 6:2

Class of 2024:

Class of 2024 and 2012:

So very thankful for her fans:

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